Marty Wingate

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4th June 2007

Marty Wingate gardens, writes and leads garden tours to the U.K. and Ireland, bringing home ideas for gardeners, travelers and garden travelers. Her features appear every Saturday in the Seattle@home section of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She writes for national magazines, including Fine Gardening, The American Gardener, and Country Gardens. She is the author of The Bellevue Botanical Garden: Celebrating 15 Years (June 2007), Big Ideas for Northwest Small Gardens, and The Big Book of Northwest Perennials. She has a Master’s degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington, and is active in the Arboretum Foundation, the Northwest Perennial Alliance, the Northwest Horticultural Society, and the Royal Horticultural Society. Marty speaks at events including the Northwest, San Francisco and Philadelphia flower shows. She lives with her husband and two cats in Seattle, where her small garden contains far too many plants. But there’s always room for more!

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  1. June 2007
  2. Marty Wingate rated Villa d’Este at Tivoli

  3. Marty Wingate rated Longwood Gardens

  4. Marty Wingate rated The Huntington Botanical Gardens

  5. Marty Wingate rated Hestercombe, near Taunton

  6. Marty Wingate rated Gardens of Birr Castle Demesne

  7. Marty Wingate rated Iford Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon

  8. Marty Wingate rated Hidcote Manor Garden

  9. Marty Wingate rated Dumbarton Oaks

  10. Marty Wingate reviewed Villa d’Este at Tivoli in Rome, Italy

    Breathtaking views and astounding stone fountain designs are enough to make Villa d’Este a must-see garden in Italy, but add to that its long history and influence in garden history design, and you have, wrapped up in one garden, the essence of Italy. …"

  11. Marty Wingate reviewed Hidcote Manor Garden in Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Today’s gardeners and designers throw around the term “garden room,” but you don’t know garden rooms until you’ve seen Hidcote Manor. This National Trust garden was created by Lawrence Johnston when he moved there with his mother in 1907. Johnston, an …"

  12. Marty Wingate reviewed Gardens of Birr Castle Demesne in Tipperary, Ireland

    Birr Castle Demesne is the kind of destination that can occupy a serious gardener, a landscape designer or family for an entire day. As it is with any family, each generation of owners at Birr has had its own interests, and the result today is a combina…"

  13. Marty Wingate reviewed Hestercombe, near Taunton in Taunton, United Kingdom

    This Somerset garden was designed by the famous one-two punch of Edwin Lutyens (architecture, bones of the garden) and Gertrude Jekyll (abundant color-coordinated plantings). The house, which houses the Somerset fire brigade, is not open to the public, …"

  14. Marty Wingate reviewed Iford Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon in West Country, United Kingdom

    This stunning small garden — only 2.5 acres — shows off the combination of formality with the softening effects of plants as well as any Jekyll-Lutyens garden. Harold Peto created the gardens at Iford Manor from 1899 to his death in 1933. The gardens a…"

  15. Marty Wingate reviewed The Huntington Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles, United States

    Others go to see the library or the famous art collection, but gardeners go to the Huntington to view the amazing desert garden, sit in the rose garden or marvel at the formal design of the North Vista camellia garden, which includes hundreds of camellia…"

  16. Marty Wingate reviewed Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C., United States

    Dumbarton Oaks is a garden with Italian-style formality, and that design element is a perfect foil for billowing perennials, climbing roses and abundant plantings. Beatrix Farrand, the only female founding member of the American Society of Landscape A…"

  17. Marty Wingate reviewed Longwood Gardens in US East Coast, United States

    Stroll around this enormous formerly private estate and marvel at its combination of formality, high horticulture and downright fun. Miles of neatly clipped hedges, topiary that borders on funky, impressive conservatories and timed fountain displays tha…"

  18. Marty Wingate rated Monet's Gardens

  19. Marty Wingate reviewed Monet's Gardens in North East France, France

    Step into Monet’s world when you visit his home garden, which he built beginning in 1883 when he moved there with his family. Seeing Giverny, you understand the inspiration for Monet’s garden and plant paintings. The contrast of light and dark, and th…"

  20. Marty Wingate reviewed Great Dixter Gardens in South East England, United Kingdom

    Great Dixter is at once vibrant and cutting edge, yet it is a setting of great historical significance for both landscape design and architecture. It was the home of renowned British gardener and author Christopher Lloyd until his death in 2006, and is…"

  21. Marty Wingate rated Great Dixter Gardens